I am so irritated right now I could scream! I watch 2 semi-wonderful children (8 and 5) that are relatively easy to watch because of their age, but difficult because the only attention they receive from other people is negative. I am also basically a tutor for them as well. The 5 year old didn't know his alphabet or how to count to 20 before I came along (he had been in preschool all year long too), and within a few weeks, he knows all of that and more. I have been helping the 8 year old practice for the CRCT too. She was failing all of the quizzes I gave her in the beginning, but has began getting in the 80s range in all subjects.
Anyway, here is the problem...My "friend" duped me on the amount of money she was paying the daycare before I offered to take over for her. I was willing to take a little less money because I knew she was struggling and it would also mean that she wouldn't have to leave work early in order to pick them up. After doing some research, I found out that she was basically paying me 1/2 the amount of the daycare. I had them longer and I did a ton more with them (academically and just plain fun stuff) as well. I mentioned it, but did not make a big deal since we are so close to summer.
Since summer is just around the corner, we had discussed some prices, but now (again after some research) I am seriously considering telling her that I have new terms or she will need to send them back to daycare. She wanted to pay me $160 per week, which was to include all activities and field trips. The daycares in our area that charge $140 - $180 either do not do trips at all or the parent has to pay out of pocket for all trips. They also close about 30 minutes before she is even supposed to get off work (normally she doesn't show up until 15-30 minutes after she is supposed to get off when I watch them). There is one facility that is $190 per week and is open the hours she needs, but it also makes the parent pay out of pocket for all trips. The biggest issue is that the daycare makes you pay every week before they watch them and whether or not the kids are there or not. I was willing to work with her for days that I do not watch them and I allow them to pay me when they get paid (twice a month).
I am very angry and hurt because she is supposed to be my friend and I feel like I am totally being taken advatage of. I would just tell her that I am not going to watch them, but I do really care for the children and they have already started making plans for all of the fun things we will do this summer. I am very torn right now and do not know how to approach the situation without biting her head off. Thank you to anyone who made it through all of this.